Bottom of the Well

Nicolai jumped back in surprise half expecting the magic to pour our of the well and drown them all. When it didn’t he regained his composure. His sword still drawn, he tapped the disk with it. Hmm solid.

With his tour about the room complete with nothing out of the ordinary found, the dwarf reluctantly joined the others in looking over the odd magical contraption. “So what’s it for? Floating well discs are beyond my experience.”

The dwarf looked to Miklos expectantly. The mage always seemed to have thoughts and opinions on everything else odd that they’d encountered so far.

Miklos gazed with fascination as Nicolai tapped the surface of the disk. “Aha! My admiration for Elyas grows! Ingenious, but not very defensive. I suppose it might frighten a few off though. A mage-locked door to a stairwell would be just as good eh? A mode of transport is what we have here. Wonderful! I have read about temporary varieties ahhh… Discus Telekinesis, I think. I believe they are reformed air elementals. Practically harmless. I wonder if it can be removed? That would be something.” he chortled excitedly.

Never a too incautious person, Nicolai called Maruc over. “Hold my arm. I want to see if it will bear my weight.” Gripping his friend’s arm, he gingerly placed the foot on the disk and transfered his weight on the disk, which held firm under his boot.

“There’s got to be another way on,” grumbled the priest. “This is like placing yourself into the hands of a sorcerer willingly and we all know what Dentiata was like!”

“Lost your Faith Maruc?” said Miklos marching passed Nicolai onto the blue glowing disk and picking up his coin. He tossed it to the startled rogue.

Nicolai deftly caught the coin then realized he had let go of the priest. Thankfully he was not falling to his death. He turned to the mage. “How much weight do you think it can take?”

“Good point Nicolai.” replied Miklos. “We must not underestimate Elyas. I will take each of you down one at a time and since you are here… ahh…Nieuwode?” he suggested.

With smooth ease, the disc lowered itself slowly down the well.

“You are a rude man Miklos, I have not lost my faith but your wits seem to have departed from you!” Maruc called after the descending pair. “Have you considered what you will meet at the bottom?”

“I ain’t going on no magical flying disc” Feldard was adamant of that as he watched Miklos and Nicolai descend, peering over the edge of the well trying to judge the distance.

“Aha! I see the tunnels do not breed fools!” grinned Maruc. “Overlooking manically attacking an impregnable Bone Guardian…”

“Perhaps there is a secret tunnel we have overlooked? You are wise in these structures what do you see Feldard?” added the priest hopefully.

Having already checked, the dwarf sourly shook his head. “No tunnels to be found. How deep would you reckon this shaft is? With enough rope I could likely climb my way down.” Sure, Feldard was being optimistic, but the dwarf warrior would rather take his chances with his own dwarven strength than rely on some questionable elven magic.

* * * * *

After descending a few hundred feet, the blue disc came to a rest atop an ornate carved pedestal in the center of a 30-foot diameter room, identical in design to the room above, except for a different selection of similarly themed statuary. As the room above, a set of bronze double doors on the eastern wall appeared to be the only exit.

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11 responses to “Bottom of the Well

  1. Feldard (dwf)

    Feldard peered down from above.. and gave a groan at the depth of the shaft. He doubted they had enough rope for a climb such as that, but maybe it would get his near enough that he could jump down – anything was better than that eerie disc. “How much rope you got Maruc?”

  2. Feldard (dwf)

    (get HIM near enough)

  3. Maruc (Clr 4)

    The priest gauged the distance down the hole. “Not enough I think. Still, Nicolai and Miklos are safe. Halav has protected them and I doubt this buisness with Elyas will be achieved unless we take a leap of faith. You said yourself we have few choices for a way on. I’ll not abandon my friends through a lack of heart. Come now Feldard don’t show yourself up in front of the elves!”

  4. Maruc (Clr 4)

    Maruc will follow the others down.

  5. Hasan

    Hasan also descended with Miklos, who continued to prattle on, somewhat maniacally, about states of matter and energy and mass probably being equivalant, if you just think about it hard enough, but that to establish permanence in such a state would require an energy infusion beyond imagining.

    Hasan worried about what they would find in the deep below.

  6. Feldard (dwf)

    The dwarf scowled sourly at Maruc’s persuasion, but the cleric did have a point. Feldard wasn’t willing to abandon his companions, nor was he willing to give the elves something more to mock him about.

    When Miklos returned for him, Feldard was ready and a waiting. He climbed aboard with some help and then stood tense at the center of the disc, gripping his axe handle tightly and remained like that for the entire descent, not speaking a word.

    Once more on solid ground, Feldard was more than glad to join Nicolai in inspecting the room and the set of bronze doors along the eastern wall.

  7. Miklos (Mu 3)

    Miklos continued to ferry the remaining party members to the bottom then joined Nicolai. “Is it locked?” he asked.

  8. Nicolai (T 4)

    Nicolai stepped of the glowing disc, pleased to be on solid ground. As the blue disk rose again the light dimmed so he pulled out his lightstone and shone it about. The statues were tall and his light gave them masks of terror lit from beneath. The glint of the bronze doors caught his eye and glad to be alone for a few moments he studied them. He listened intently for a few moments.

    assuming he hears nothing!

    He carefully checked the doors for traps and covering his lightstone in the pouch he tried the door, opening it a fraction to look beyond.

    assuming the way beyond is not lit

    He allowed a little of the light to show what lay ahead….

  9. Miklos (Mu 3)

    “Ahh no.” Mikos said as he craned over Nicolai to see what he was looking at.

  10. Nicolai (T 4)

    Nicolai slowly turned to the mage and gave him a long meaningfull stare then slowly raised his finger to his lips in a gesture for silence.

  11. Maruc (Clr 4)

    Safely on the ground Maruc stood back from the crowded doorway and re shouldered his shield strap, it seemed to have and annoying habit of slipping down as he walked. He checked his flail and spent a moment offerering thanks to Halav for seeing them all safe thus far. He waited for the others the proceed.

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